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Turkish Plane Skids Off Mumbai Airport Runway


A Turkish Airways plane from Istanbul to Mumbai with 97 passengers on board skidded off the runway at Mumbai airport early Friday morning.

The Airbus-340-300 (TK-720) skidded off the high-speed taxiway at 4:13 a.m. All passengers, including the crew, are safe and on board following the accident, a MIAL official said.

Because the accident occurred in close proximity to the main runway, flight operations were delayed 15-20 minutes.

Two flights were diverted. A Gulf Air flight from Sharjah was diverted to Ahmedabad at 4:40 a.m., and another Singapore Airways cargo plane from Chicago to Mumbai was diverted to Chennai.

Turkish Airways could not immediately be contacted for further details.

On Wednesday, an Air India plane from Jeddah with 286 passengers and crew on board made an emergency landing because of a suspected hydraulic failure – the second such incident this week involving the state-owned airline.

A day earlier, an Air India plane with 123 passengers and crew members on board made an emergency landing at Thiruvananthapuram Airport after a minor fault was detected in the hydraulic system.

On Monday, a Gulf Air plane with 137 passengers had run off the runway at Kochi airport due to bad weather and got stuck in the mud, injuring seven passengers.

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